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Jon Gruden gets ESPN extension

CHICAGO -- Jon Gruden has agreed to a contract extension with ESPN through the 2021 NFL season.

ESPN announced the deal Monday night.

The Super Bowl-winning coach joined ESPN in May 2009 as an analyst. He teams with play-by-play commentator Mike Tirico on "Monday Night Football" and appears on other ESPN programs.

"Being a part of Monday Night Football alongside our ESPN crew is a dream job," said Gruden. "I love calling big prime-time games every week and spending time with the best players and coaches on the planet, while also finding new ways to teach and talk about football year round. There's no place I'd rather be."

ESPN's NFL rights deal also runs through 2021.

Since joining ESPN in May 2009, Gruden has earned four Sports Emmy Award nominations in the Best Analyst category, while also helping Monday Night Football earn four show nominations for Best Live Series.

Gruden has won plaudits for his SportsCenter Special: Gruden's QB Camp series which has become a popular element of ESPN's annual coverage in the lead-up to NFL Draft. Over the past five years, the in-depth, one-on-one interviews and film sessions have featured Gruden mentoring top quarterback prospects such as Andrew Luck, Johnny Manziel, Cam Newton and eventual Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson.

Gruden has also contributed to ESPN's NFL Draft and Super Bowl week coverage, major college football bowl games and other platforms. Next month, he will be part of the MNF team that calls ESPN's first-ever NFL Playoff game, as well as the NFL Pro Bowl (Jan. 25).

"Jon has been a game-changer for ESPN and for Monday Night Football, entertaining and engaging fans with his vast knowledge of the game and his dynamic personality," said John Wildhack, ESPN executive vice president, programming and production. "Jon has quickly become one of the premier analysts in all of sports and we're thrilled he's made this long-term commitment. We look forward to having him as part of our NFL presentation for many years to come."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.